Aimo Tukiainen: Soihtu, 1968 © Kuva: HAM

The Torch (Memorial to Miina Sillanpää)

1968
Aimo Tukiainen

Does any art exhibition manage to get so close to life itself as the bohemian Tokoinranta shore does? This work allows the spectator to dip into all shades of existence, and almost obliges to sing a simple song or to hold a spontaneous speech on a highly unexpected topic.

The inspiration for this picnic proposal is Miina Sillanpää (1866-1952), working class journalist and politician, and also the first female minister in Finland. It is not unlikely that while nestled by The Torch, picnic-goers find themselves with a strong urge to take action and change the world for the better. That is a fine reason to linger here for longer, perhaps by sharing a delicious soup.